The marginalized people of Ventotene. Pedagogical utopias for a democratic School


In Italy, during the Fascist period, political confinement was added to the common confinement intended to exclude the opponents of the regime from civil society, relegating them to inaccessible places with almost no communication routes. Among these localities is Ventotene, a small island in the Pontine archipelago where the fascist regime set up the largest border colony in Italy. In 1942 Tommaso Fiore arrived on that island, where around a thousand leaders and simple militants, men and women, of all currents of Italian anti-fascism were gathered. On the eve of the War, the teacher Tommaso Fiore transformed classical culture from a class marker and ideological support of imperialist ideas into a tool for the formation of historical awareness, the ability to critically rethink, personal interpretation and ethical and social commitment.